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FEPL looks to be home of women in esports

To act as the home and training grounds of female Mobile Legends: Bang Bang players in the Philippines. Project manager Milly Dolor had that goal in mind when she and her colleagues started the Female Esports Professional League last year.

“Actually, yung pinaka-goal talaga namin is ma-highlight yung skills and talents ng mga babae,” said Dolor.

“Since men are dominating the MPL scene, we came up with the decision or an idea na ‘why not babae naman ang mag-dominate’ ‘di ba? So, that’s why we created FEPL, para ma-highlight yung skills saka yung talent ng mga babae when it comes to esports,” she added.

Over the past two years, there have only been two players who made rounds in the major Mobile Legends: Bang Bang leagues in the country.

Niña “Niña” Balayon cracked the SGD Omega (now Omega Esports) roster back in MPL Philippines Season Six. Meanwhile, Colleen “Kolin” Cruz was part of Bren Epro’s championship roster in The Nationals Season Two.

The ex-SGD stalwart never saw action in Season Six. On the other hand, the former Bren Epro support made some appearances early in the season. She eventually took the backseat to Angelo “Pheww” Arcangel late in their campaign.

It’s safe to say that female players have yet to fully make their mark in the male-dominated scene. Still, Dolor hopes that the FEPL, through the guidance of the Games and Amusements Board, can finally bridge that gap and produce MPL-caliber players in the future.

“Nung nalaman ‘to ng iba’t ibang female teams talagang na-excite rin sila and yun yung goal namin. Gusto naming i-highlight yung mga skills na meron din ang mga babae, na kaya rin naming gawin yung mga nakikita natin sa MPL,” said the former ONIC PH team manager.

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Now, the FEPL is entering its fifth season – its second as a professional league after getting GAB’s clearance a few months back.

“Magandang opportunity ‘to para ma-determine natin na hindi lang mga lalaki ang magaling mag Mobile Legends or mag-laro,” said Dolor.

“Actually, I was really surprised nung season one to four na nakita ko na may mga ganitong klaseng laruan ako na nakikita, even the shoutcasters are very impressed sa mga pinapakitang performance and of course the skills na nilalabas ng mga babae.”

FEPL’s fifth season, Brain and Brawl has a total prize pool of P50,000 which will be divided among the tournament’s top three teams. The league will announce its opening on its official Facebook page.

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